BAND/AUTHOR:

THE HYDDEN

(SWITZERLAND)

TITLE:
VAGABOND SONGS (2019)
LABEL:
METALVILLE
GENRE:
ALTERNATIVE_ROCK

""Vagabond Songs" is well executed, the ambiences follow one another without any dead time and the listening pleasure is present but it cruelly lacks originality."
PROGRACER - 12.02.2020 - (0) minds from our readers - (0) comment(s)
2/5
After having been criticized for its lack of personality on its first album in 2017, the Swiss duo The Hydden returns with a second effort, "Vagabond Songs", released at the end of 2019 by Metalville. 

The muscular rock of the Helvetians oscillates between an alternative rock tinged with stoner, a grunge blues-punk and a rock that never really says its name. "Vagabond Songs" is constantly sailing in these waters without ever really taking a clear course. And this is perhaps its main flaw, even if stoner rock seems to be the link between all the songs on the album. 

The first reference that comes to mind is Biffy Clyro's British band with tracks such as 'Go For Gold' or 'Changing Symmetry' which present an energetic alternative rock with a very present guitar and a very round rhythm. Roger Hämmerli's vocals is quite linear but the finesse of his timbre brings a little depth to the whole. 'Can't Stop' has a grunge side and is reminiscent of the teenage bands of the late 90's, while the more energetic 'On A Million' and 'No More Inside You' bring a bit of variety to the mid-tempos that make up the majority of the songs. 

It's hard to pick a song out of the pack since the sounds are very similar on all ten tracks and the basic structures of the tracks offer little room for originality. The heavy and hammered riff of 'Abandonned Places' ends the listening on an interesting note. 

Finally, the main flaw of this "Vagabond Song" is its lack of originality. Almost all of the tracks suffer from the "I've heard that somewhere before" syndrome which prevents one from forming a real opinion on the musical identity of the Swiss duo. However, everything is well executed, the ambiences follow one another without any dead time and the listening pleasure is present throughout the 40 minutes of the album. To be listened to, at least once.

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SIMILAR BANDS:
BIFFY CLYRO

TRACK LISTING:
01. For Those Who Play
02. Changing Symmetry
03. Pretty Liar
04. Magnifier
05. On a Mission
06. Go for Gold
07. Can't Stop
08. Mother Earth
09. No More Inside You
10. Abandoned Places


LINEUP:
Roger Hämmerli: Chant / Guitares
Roli Würsch: Batterie


TAGS:
Heavy
 
 
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